NJ Ranks Well on Annual AECF Kids Count Report

Written by William J. Richards William J. Richards

William J. Richards is the Director of New Media for the Hall Institute of Public Policy.  His research interests include aerospace policy, science education, information technology in the democratic process, and civil rights.

Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00

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New Jersey has recieved top marks according to a this year's edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count report.

The Maryland-based organization gave the Garden State an overall rank of 5th in the nation among 10 key economic indicators for child well-being.

Indicator Rank

Percent Low-Birthweight Babies: 2008

31

Infant Mortality Rate (deaths per 1,000 live births): 2007

5

Child Death Rate (deaths per 100,000 children ages 1–14): 2007

6

Teen Death Rate (deaths per 100,000 teens ages 15–19): 2007

7

Teen Birth Rate (births per 1,000 females ages 15–19): 2008

5

Percent of Teens Not in School and Not High School Graduates (ages 16–19): 2009

1

Percent of Teens Not Attending School and Not Working (ages 16–19): 2009

8

Percent of Children Living in Families Where No Parent Has Full-Time, Year-Round Employment: 2009

8

Percent of Children in Poverty (income below $21,756 for a family of two adults and two children in 2009): 2009

5

Percent of Children in Single-Parent Families: 2009

12

Kids Count Overall Rank: 2011

5

The full text of the report can be found on the Kids Count web site here.

The Kids Count site also includes some excellent tools to let you use the data contained in the report to build your own graphs, maps and reports.  You can get started with the interactive tools here.

NJ Ranks Well on Annual AECF Kids Count Report